Title: Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Eric Rohmann
One morning deep in the nest, a brand new honeybee squirms, pushes, chews through the wax cap of her solitary cell into...a teeming, trembling flurry. Hmmmmmm!
Friday56 (Page 40, last in the book):
Bees are the only insect in the world that make food people can eat...honey!
Summary: Get up close and personal with one honeybee, Apis, as she embarks on her journey through life. This charming children's book conveys a lot of information along with lovely illustrations about this vital insect.
- It is so engaging. "Not yet" kept my grandson engaged in a book designed for children a bit older than him.
- Think you can't learn something from a children's book? Read this one and you'll be amazed at what you didn't know before you read it.
- The last few pages are designed for the use of adults who want to discuss/do more with the subject. Helping out honeybees, a Bit more buzz, and lists of resources are great places to start.
- On the second to last page of the story, Apis dies. On the last page a new bee is beginning her life. Not that I didn't like this part, indeed it was necessary to tell the whole story, it just requires quite a bit of explanation to young children. Sensitive kids might even feel sad.